I've long been a fan of Elizabeth Bluemle's blog on Publishers Weekly (and would love to visit her bookstore in Vermont based on its name alone--The Flying Pig. I love pigs. I love the prospect of their flight--and I even don't mind how often I stub my toe on my cast iron flying pig doorstop).
And so it was a wonderful surprise today to be included in her list of new books with great first lines.
"This one has two great openings: First is a reproduction of a document titled 'The Guardian Angels’ Handbook: Soul Rehab Edition,' which begins:
'Congratulations! You have been selected for membership in SRPNT, the Soul Rehabilitation Program for Nefarious Teens (Deceased).'
And then Chapter One:
One Monday morning, a couple years before my cousin Mike shot me in the forehead with an arrow, my eighth-grade homeroom teacher brought two cartons of raw eggs to school.'"
You can read the rest of the story here. I'm so happy to be included. Thank you, Elizabeth and Publishers Weekly!